WAPS to shift to distance learning for Grades 7-12; Grades E-6 will remain in hybrid

WAPS Safe Learning Plan Update

Hello WAPS families, 

Due to the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases in Winona County, and after consultation with our Regional Support Team, Winona Area Public Schools will shift to Winhawk Learning Model No. 4, which moves Grades 7-12 into distance learning to start the 2020-21 school year. 

At this time, early childhood and elementary (Grades K-6) will remain in a hybrid model. 

The first day of school will remain Tuesday, Sept. 8. However, only elementary students in Group A will report to school on that day. Others will receive instruction through distance learning. 

The distance learning model plans for Grades 7-12 can be found on the WAPS Safe Learning Plan website at winonaschools.org/safe, but here are a few main highlights: 

  • Schedules for students at the Winona Middle School, Winona Senior High School and Winona Area Learning Center have been set up the same for both a hybrid and a distance learning model schedule, so there will be no change to your student’s schedule.
  • This will also not affect students who have opted-in to distance learning.
  • According to state statute, Grades 5-6 are considered to be elementary and Grades 7-8 are considered secondary. This change affects only the secondary students. Grades 5-6 will remain in a hybrid model.
  • More information will be coming from your school building, including information about device or material pick-up and learning platform log-ons.

We will continue to monitor the situation and make alterations to our WAPS Safe Learning Plan as deemed necessary. 

We are hopeful that this will be a temporary change and the situation will allow us to welcome Grades 7-12 back to school in-person in the near future. But the safety of our students, staff and families is a top priority.

Please continue to follow the recommended health and safety practices: wear your mask, wash your hands and physically distance from others not in your household.

Thank you,
Dr. Annette K. Freiheit
Superintendent
Winona Area Public Schools